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William Shatner turned 90 two days ago, which seems unbelievable if you see him. One of the side effects of money and good genes I guess.
What I assume is the case with most people in my generation, I grew up a Star Wars fan. Star Trek was old and for the nerds, Star Wars was newer and cool. I had never watched an episode of Star Trek except for some fuzzy memories of my mom watching Next Generation reruns when I was probably my daughter’s age.
We live in the country with poor internet availability and because we’re a young family with a stay-at-home mom, spending money on lackluster internet doesn’t make a lot of sense. So we make do with an old-fashioned antenna on top of the roof, taking whatever is floating out in the ether. Within the last couple of years, there has been an explosion of “free channels” that play various genres, reruns, and B-movies. Growing up we had about five “free” channels, I think we’re well over 20 now. One of these channels is H&I (Heroes and Icons) which plays Star Trek each night, including the original series from 7-8.
Being culturally curious and wanting to watch the things “everybody else has,” I started forcing myself to watch the original Star Trek anytime I’m in the house at 7. At first, my interest was half-hearted. It was slow, I didn’t know all the characters, and of course the effects are 1960s cheesy.
After a couple of episodes, however, I started to love it. The stories, the messages, the overall liberal (in the classic sense) nature of it (not to mention the women!) are great. Handicap for the cheesiness and I completely understand why Star Trek is as revered as it is. Even better is that though the kids groan when I turn the channel to Star Trek, they become enthralled in it too. Now I just have to convince my wife. So far I’ve been unsuccessful in getting her to enjoy the Twilight Zone.
She is coming around to Seinfeld. Maybe there’s hope for Captain Kirk.Published in